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Unread 01-04-2018, 04:40 PM   #1
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How do you guys deal with the hairline cracks on a Club Car DS body it looks like the gloss finish a has a whole bunch of spider line cracks also the coating seems to be pretty thick looking for any information
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Unread 01-04-2018, 04:46 PM   #2
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Oh yeah I forgot to mention the reason why I'm asking this is cuz I'm getting ready to do Bodywork and paint I'm just not sure what to do with the cracks here's a couple pictures of the body I'm working with
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Unread 01-05-2018, 09:54 AM   #3
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Is the underside cracked? If so , the body's cracked and weak, not worth painting. The cracks will most likely reappear.
If not, you might be able to sand them out.
If that doesn't work, you can use a hi build primer.
It will smooth minor imperfections.
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No there's no cracks all the way through these are like little spider cracks that you would usually see on like boats
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Unread 01-05-2018, 11:30 AM   #5
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No there's no cracks all the way through these are like little spider cracks that you would usually see on like boats
Looks like its just where the body has flexed more then the paint. Sand, prime and block sand with high build primer you should be good. Paint is much harder then the body and will not flex as much, hence the cracks!
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Unread 01-05-2018, 12:01 PM   #6
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If the body is fiberglass I would sand the paint off and see if the gel coat is also cracked. If it is it will come back unless you fix it first. I donít know how to fix it but there is a way. Good luck
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Unread 01-05-2018, 07:01 PM   #7
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On a fiberglass body there should no paint, it is gelcote.
If the gelcote is cracked it's no big deal.
Sand smooth and paint.
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Started out sanding the fiberglass body and where I'm having the problem at is the fiberglass fibers are sticking up and I don't know how to get them smooth they just end up multiplying I don't know what to do please help
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Unread 01-07-2018, 02:27 PM   #9
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Look on a boat forum for gel coat repair. Fairly common to do on fiberglass boats.


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Unread 01-10-2018, 02:37 PM   #10
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You don't want to sand into the fiberglass unless it's damaged.
Now that the fibers are sticking up, you can either prime with high build primer and sand primer smooth or you can gelcote.
Gelcote is the original finish. Either 1 will work. Priming and painting is much easier than gelcoteing
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